Ni Wayan Dayuh, 75, is a farmer and housewife living in Gianyar

What’s the greatest lesson life has taught you?
To be a good person so the Gods will love you and your life will be easier.

What’s most important?

Independence – to be free to do what you want to in life.

What advice would you give the younger generations?

Get on well with your friends and family, and don’t cause arguments. This way we call all live together in peace.

Are you worried about dying?

Yes, I am worried about it. I want to have a long life.

When was the happiest time of your life?

When I was a young girl. Back then I had a lot of friends and we’d chat together and go places. We all helped each other.

And the worst?

Now. I feel very old and lonely.

What’s humanity all about?

It’s about keeping your emotions in check and trying to understand other people’s feelings by seeing their problems from their point of view.

Why are there so many conflicts in the world?

Because of a lack of communication, which leads to misunderstandings. No one really wants wars; everyone, I believe, wants peace.

So is a peaceful world impossible?

No. It’s possible.

Are you disappointed with your life or happy at what’s happened?

I’m happy, because the Gods have given me everything I need.

How old do you feel?

Very old – 80.

Is there anything you still want to do?

No, nothing.

Is one lifetime enough?

Yes it is; life is about suffering. (BT/AS)

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